Maybe the founding fathers should have set up a fourth group of elected officials - like every major business - the controllers. They would all have to vote in each others raises.
Real world rail ping.
Amen, Brother John Hood.
This NC high speed rail proposal is just spending $545 million on a train that nobody but politicians would benefit from. Who travels from NC city to city, or from NC cities to Washington DC, on a regular basis?
On the other hand, only a few hundred people regularly ride intercity rail lines in North Carolina, and at best a few thousand will regularly use the expanded service should it ever materialize.
Libertarian narcissists like John Hood seldom present accurate facts to back up their biased opinions.
The truth is that Amtrak provided service to 676,511 passengers embarking or disembarking at North Carolina stations in 2008. (Raleigh was the busiest station, providing service to 136,479 passengers. Charlotte was a close second with 131,658)
In addition to these figures, there were another 675,966 Amtrak passengers who passed through North Carolina on there way to other states.
John Hood is either severely misinformed or is obfuscating the truth for some other motive. Either way, his priorities are blind to the growing public demand for energy efficient passenger rail that is arising from ever increasing petroleum costs.